The Minnesota Timberwolves' showdown with the upstart Philadelphia 76ers featured a matchup between two of the NBA's most promising young big men in Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. Although the Timberwolves were in control for most of the game, the Sixers were ultimately able to force overtime and escape with the 118-112 victory.
There were a number of factors that could have been attributed to their loss. However, Towns revealed afterward he felt like he had let his team down on Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Derek James.
The sequence that Karl-Anthony Towns is referring to was when superstar shooting guard Jimmy Butler had hit two consecutive 3-pointers to give Minnesota the 100-98 lead with 16 seconds left. However, Joel Embiid managed to back Towns down near the basket where he was fouled and ultimately hit both of the ensuing free throws, thus forcing overtime.
It was quite a battle between the two budding superstars. Karl-Anthony Towns struggled mightily all night, going just 8-of-24 from the field with only 19 points to show for it. Fortunately, he managed to make up in nearly every other aspect of the game with 16 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks.
Meanwhile, Embiid registered 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 12 rebounds and eight assists — not to mention the game-tying free throws that gave the Sixers a chance to win it in overtime. That said, “The Process” may have won this round versus the “Big KAT.”